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POLAND CENTER - Prayers will begin Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Poland Chapel, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at the Holy Family Church for Agnes L. (McGarry) Hiznay, 90, who passed away peacefully on July 19, 2013, at her family residence, where she raised seven children, predominately on her own due to the accidental death of her husband, Jerome J. Hiznay Sr., in June of 1959.

She was born on Sept. 10, 1922, in Poland  Center  to Thomas A. McGarry Sr. and Mary Virginia (Shehy)  McGarry. 

Agnes graduated from Poland Seminary High School in 1941.

Never was a person born with a more loving, caring, and compassionate heart than Agnes. Though she raised seven children and several grandchildren on her own, she never complained or asked for pity. She spent much of her life attending thousands of sporting events, cheering on her children and grandchildren. Without a doubt, Agnes was the greatest fan a family could ever ask for.

Agnes was preceded in death by her husband; parents; a sister, Kathryn Fullerman; brothers William Leonard, Joseph, Frederick, Robert and Thomas A. Jr.; a daughter, Elizabeth Ann (Betsy) Warren; son-in-law Larry Kemp; and one great-grandchild, Susan Kemp. 

Besides raising her family, Agnes worked as a beautician/manicurist at several salons, a factory worker for Kaiser Aluminum, and as a nurse’s aide at St. Elizabeth’s Health Center. 

She leaves behind her children, Nancy Kemp, Jerome Jr. (Ann Marie), William, Mary Kathryn, Thomas and James (Mandie); 17 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may call on Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will take place at St. John’s Cemetery in Coitsville.

The family would like to specially thank Dr. Kathleen Padgitt and Hospice of the Valley, C-team.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512.

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Guestbook Entries

“Sorry to hear of your mom's passing. We are in Va. Beach with our family, but please accept our condolences. Remembering your Dad as well, fondly as coach and also as a player at Woodrow Wilson. Thanks again for your help.”

 » Joan and Jack Bolkovac on July 21, 2013

“Agnes will be sadly missed by us all.”

 » Rose Dolecki on July 21, 2013

“Tom, I am so sorry for your loss of your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family”

 » Karen Garghill on July 21, 2013

First Niece

“My Dear Aunt Agnes. When I was a little girl and a teen-ager, you were more like a big sister than an Aunt..with all the good and bad that connotes. I can't imagine the world without you. You marched thru life and held strong no matter the obstacles...and loved your family like a Mama bear. Your children will miss you, but they will always remember how you were there for them. You were a surviver. My love to you and the kids. Now rest in Peace. ”

 » Helene McGarry Anderson on July 22, 2013

“Our Condolences to the Family.”

 » Gene, Kim Tim, Vivia, Rick, Sue The Claytons on July 22, 2013

“Our Condolences to the Family.”

 » Gene, Kim Tim, Vivia, Rick, Sue The Claytons on July 22, 2013

“Our Thoughts and Prayers are with Your Whole Family. What a Great Person to know.”

 » Louise , Dan Clayton & Family on July 22, 2013

“You are all in my thoughts and prayers. ”

 » Louis A Lucente on July 23, 2013

“Anthony & family: Sorry for your loss. I am sure Betsy is happy to see her Mom again! God Bless.”

 » The Giblin Family on July 22, 2013


 » Herma on July 23, 2013

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